Cowboy Boots

January 12th, 2018

Time to pull out the cowboy boots for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo — unless you’re an orthopedic surgeon, in which case there’s a good chance you’re already wearing them.


Podiatry Resident Dalton Ryba, DPM, is among surgeons seen sporting boots.

“I wear them all the time,” said Brady Rhodes, DPM, a board certified specialist in foot and ankle surgery and faculty member in the Podiatry Residency at JPS. As surgeons like Rhodes know well, it matters what you wear on your feet, especially if you’re someone who spends long hours standing.

“They give you a built-in heel lift,” says Rhodes. That reduces stress on the Achilles tendon, which connects your heel bone to the muscle in your calf. It’s also good for your plantar fascia, which connects your heel bone and your toes. If those tendons aren’t happy, chances are you’re not happy, either. Tendonitis is painful.

The soles of cowboy boots have a rigid metal shank from end to end, solid support.

What about pointy toes? That could be an issue, especially for people with bunions. Rhodes prefers boots with a square or rounded toe — plenty of room in the toe box. For those with bunions, “some of the exotic leathers are more forgiving,” Rhodes says, with ostrich at the top of the list.

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo starts January 12 and runs through February 3.

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